Authorities said a motorcyclist killed early Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash on Outer Loop was an officer with the Shelbyville Police Department.

A spokesman for the agency confirmed Tuesday morning that the officer was 50-year-old Thomas Elmore. 

A spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department said the collision happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Outer Loop and Minor Lane. That’s not far from the Texas Roadhouse near Briarcliff. 

Police said a female driving a car turned left and hit Elmore, who was on the motorcycle. Witnesses told investigators the female got out of the car that hit the motorcycle and ran away on foot. Officers are still looking for her, but there’s no description at this time.  At the time this article went to press, the suspected driver had been arrested

“This was a really good person,” Shelbyville Police Sgt. Kelly Cable said. “A good officer, a good friend.”

Police said Elmore had been retired from LMPD and had been with the Shelbyville Police Department for about one year.

“He’s just been an asset to our department,” Sgt. Cable said. “Just an easy going guy, works well with the community, knows his craft very well. It’s somebody that you want to work with.”

He was off duty at the time of the crash, according to a Shelbyville police spokesman.

The cruiser assigned to Elmore is on display in the front of the police department wrapped in a black ribbon for memorial. The Shelbyville Police Department is helping with funeral arrangements. When those are announced, this story will be updated.

“It’s just a time for us to kind of get together and remember him and honor him,” said Sgt. Cable.